My boys love to explore the outdoors. They love to be set free and just run wild.
My youngest boys are climbers, wherever we are they will attempt to climb anything, wether it be a door frame in the house, a pole in the play area or a tree in a forest. I am always calling them little monkeys. There is something about a tree that attracts a child’s attention . They can not wait to let their adventurous side out and climb to the highest point that they can. So you can imagine how excited my boys were when we took them along to Epping Forest for a tree adventure.
The sun was shining, so we all climbed into the car and drive the short distance to the forest. Dad had told the boys all about a tree swing that was set up in a clearing of the forest, they were eager to explore and find it. Dad knew exactly where it was, although if I were to go back again I definitely would get lost looking for it.
There were lots of fallen down tree and branches all over, we had to climb under and over some of them to get where we were going. Daddy was on a mission, he knew where we were heading to, but to me the trees all looked the same. After walking for 10 minutes we had found the clearing where the swing was.
The boys couldn’t wait to give it a go, the youngest one first.
Daddy gave him a big push and he swung around in a big circle screaming with delight, shouting out “It’s amazing!” We all had a go, even Mummy and Daddy. I have to say, it was good fun. Felling free, swinging around amongst the trees.
The boys then went on a little adventure, climbing the trees, seeing who could climb the highest.
The 8 year old is always the winner when it comes to climbing, I’m sure he was a monkey in his past life. He likes to push himself, to see if he can climb to the top, Much to Mum’s dislike. I don’t like to encourage to climb to high but Daddy says it’s ok. Sometimes I just can’t watch. He says that he enjoys climbing because he knows that it is something that he can do and that he feels free with nature and comfortable.
He likes to explore the trees and he works out what branches are the strongest ones to climb on to, he works out his route up and down with lots of thought.
We had lots of fun in the woods, exploring, climbing and swinging. We got lots of exercise and it was great to be out as a family enjoying the surroundings with each other. We ended our adventure with a hot drink in a cafe on the way home.
What do your children enjoy doing in the woods?